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Spies among Us: The Truth about Modern Espionage

Spies among Us: The Truth about Modern Espionage

by Herma Silverstein, FS Staff (Editor)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up This derivative collection of espionage cases adds nothing to information already available in books, magazines, and newspapers published in the 1960s. The inclusion of two ``recent'' spy cases (1978 and 1985) does not compensate for an absence of thoughtful analysis of the complex issues involved in all the cases. The presentation is muddled due to the non-chronological order, and the book is full of poorly-constructed sentences, repetitions, and ungrammatical usages. Silverstein's use of acronyms, statistics, and lists of names (referred to only once) is unnecessary and only lengthens the book; her overuse of the pompous ``thus'' is annoying. Repeated references to James Bond and ``cloak and dagger'' are silly and inconsistent with the general tone of the subject. Silverstein's compulsion to include extraneous incidents and nameshowever tenuous their connection to the caseis mind-numbing. The most fascinating statement in the book is never explained: she says that a young man escaped from prison by leaving a papier-mache model of himself on his cot, but she does not address the fascinating story behind how he made that dummy. Wendy Dellett, formerly at Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Library, Washington, D.C.

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Scholastic Library Publishing
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Single Title Ser.
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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